My birthday was on Friday and for the first time ever, I spent the afternoon at a spa. I got some knots rubbed out of my neck which I received from reading and working out I’m sure. The whole experience relieved a lot of stress and tension in my body.
I’ve been reading through the Old Testament for the past couple months, and I don’t think God could be any clearer that we need to take time out to rest. If he created in six days and rested on the seventh, at a minimum, we need to rest as often. Our bodies need to recuperate, our minds need rest, we need to intentionally and regularly set aside time to be in God’s presence and draw from his power to go out and work again. Time alone for prayer, solitude, and silence is important.
We should also set aside time to simply enjoy living life. Read a book for pleasure. Get a hobby. Occasionally go out with friends. The point is to take some time off to just enjoy this life that God has given us.
While getting my pedicure, a young (30 something) male entered the room in a skully cap, sweater jacket, nylon pants, and house shoes (I’m not kidding because in his words, “My feet sweat a lot.”) He stretched out on the chair, as his aesthetician made physical observations (or at least I did). He looks like a biker (not a motorcyclist, but rather someone who rides a bike to work because he does not have a car.) If the wedding ring is any indicator, he is married to a female. He is certainly not the metrosexual type, you know the heterosexual guy that’s overly concerned with his appearance. “So, is this something you do often,” she asks. “I only do this once a year when I can afford it.” I thought, “Good for you! We should all do what we can, when we can but we definitely need to make time to do something.”
Self-care is so important. While reading through Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, I was reminded of the different components of who we are: emotional, social, physical, intellectual, spiritual, and physical. The heart engages all of these areas. We need to therefore, care for and pay attention to all of these areas as well.
Take time to be with our Maker. Take time to care for yourself.
I know that some people may think they don’t have the time or money for self-care. What are some small things you do to focus on God and recharge your batteries? How do you approach your Sabbath rests?
© Natasha S. Robinson 2012
2 thoughts on “When Men Get Mani/Pedis…”
Recently going for my morning walks/runs are relaxing, reading (Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscol), listening to music, watching movies. On slow days at work I spend serious time with the Lord with Bible out and journaling thoughts. I miss Orlando though where after work I would drive to the nearest body of water, take my blanket out the back of the car and spend time with Jesus…soo relaxing
Thanks for the comment, Tyshan. Would love to hear your thoughts on Mark Driscol’s book once you finish it. A lot of people are talking about that one!
Sometimes I think there are two types of people: those who go to the beach to relax and those who look to nature (the camping, hiking, etc). I believe I’m more of the beach type too.There is something relaxing about the water.